Summary: A new instrument, called an airborne Doppler Wind Lidar (ADWL, for short), was flown on NOAA’s hurricane hunter aircraft into two storms during 2016. This instrument measures winds above and below the plane. The ADWL measures wind where radar on the aircraft cannot: the radar can measure the wind where there are clouds or … Continue reading Paper on the Doppler Wind Lidar, a new instrument to measure wind from hurricane hunter aircraft, published in the journal Sensors
Summary: The Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC) are a set of satellites that were launched in 2006 and orbit the earth about 500 miles above ground. They use radio signals from Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites in a process called “radio occultation” to measure temperature and moisture with high accuracy every 100 … Continue reading Paper on possible improvements to forecasts from additional radio-occultation satellite data published in Monthly Weather Review
Summary: Forecasters use computer models to help predict the weather. One important and simple way to see how good the computer forecasts are is to check how good predictions of where the high and low pressure systems are at a level about 5.5 km (3.5 miles) above the surface of the earth. But this doesn't … Continue reading Paper on a new way to assess how well model forecasts are doing, showing improvements since 2015, published in Weather and Forecasting
You can read the paper at https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/MWR-D-18-0296.1
You can read the article at https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2018GL079997
Also, hurricane seasonal forecasts and summer interns at AOML. Read about these topics and more at http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/keynotes/PDF-Files/July-Aug2018.pdf.
Summary: The Stepped-Frequency Microwave Radiometer (SFMR) is an instrument flown on the NOAA and Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft that measures surface wind speed and how much rain is falling over the ocean in tropical cyclones. Historically, the SFMR measurements have only been used when the aircraft is not turning or going up or down … Continue reading Paper on measuring surface wind speed from hurricane hunter aircraft when it turns and rolls published in the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology
You can read the paper at https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/MWR-D-18-0065.1.
You can read the paper at https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8454779/.
You can read the paper at https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/10.1175/MWR-D-18-0030.1.